About The Contest
Canada is a country that is full of rich history and stunning landscapes. As Canada celebrates its 150th year as a nation we want to know how you are going to celebrate! Parks Canada sites highlight Canada’s best and brightest through national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. To participate in this year’s contest, students must create a video highlighting which Parks Canada place they would like to visit to celebrate Canada’s 150th in 2017!
Register online, then choose any of Parks Canada’s 222 places and start researching it.
Create a one-minute video and submit it.
Encourage your friends, family and community through local media or social media to vote for your video!
Your class might be the lucky winner of Canada’s Coolest School Trip or one of the other great prizes!
It couldn’t be easier this year.
To be eligible to win any prizes, you must research your chosen Parks Canada place, create an informative and creative one-minute video that demonstrates how you can experience what your chosen place has to offer, and what significance it has had in creating the Canada we know today. When creating your video, keep in mind that it should focus on:
Natural significance – Tell us why this place highlights Canada’s beauty and why people should explore this place. Did you select your destination because it is important to Canadians because of where it is located? For example, does it protect an important ecosystem? Or is it home to a species at risk? Does it feature a unique geographical feature?
Cultural significance – Tell us if you selected this place because it defines a part of the Canadian culture. Is your destination important to Canadians because of its cultural history? For example, was it the site of an invention or discovery? Or did an important historical event take place there? Does it tell the story of cultural tradition?
Classes have the option to research any national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area managed by Parks Canada to focus their video on. Not near a Parks Canada place? No need to worry. Classes do not need to visit the place they select and often the best videos are those filmed in a unique way in the classroom. A little research and some creativity is all you need.
You must submit your video through your online account. Each grade 8 / secondary 2 class may submit only one video. The video must be no longer than one minute (60 seconds) in length – anything longer than that will not be judged. A class can win only one prize.
Grand prize and runner-up prizes
Judging for the grand prize and runner-up prizes will take place in two stages. First, the top twelve videos will be selected through public online voting. Then, a panel of judges will review the video of these top ten entries in order to select the grand prize winning video and the runner-up videos. You can view the rubric that will be used by the judging panel to grade your video here.
Remember that in order to get as many public votes as possible your video should be creative and catch the attention of voters!
Honourable mention prizes
The judges will then review all submissions, without taking into account public voting, and select five honourable mention prizes.